If you’re having problems, stutters, FPS drops and performance
issues in certain games, you should consider disabling Game
Mode. Windows 10’s Game Mode is a feature that prioritizes CPU
and GPU resources to improve game performance. Unfortunately,
this feature is also a terrible setting for certain games and
Users are reporting that Windows 10 Game Mode
could negatively impact gaming performance on some
hardware. Gamers noted that their computer with both Nvidia and
AMD configurations have been affected.
One user said that Radeon RX 5700 XT, RX 480, R9 290 and other
AMD models are struggling with performance issues when Game
Mode is enabled. The feature is hurting the performance of
Nvidia GPUs such as GTX 980 and GTX 1080 Ti GPUs.
“[Turning off Game Mode] totally just fixed all the crazy
stuttering I was getting in Destiny 2! The game would basically
freeze for 70ms whenever I got into an engagement in the
crucible. Now it’s rock solid,” a user noted.
Many users are experiencing stuttering and freezes when they
turn on Game Mode. Games such as Call of Duty: Warzone and
League of Legends are getting hit with sudden frame rate drops,
stuttering and other performance problems due to Windows 10’s
It’s not clear how the Game Mode is causing the issue, but an
employee working for AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group said
that their engineers investigate the problem.
It looks like the problems aren’t limited to a particular type
of graphics card and the issue could be associated with a
particular driver or Windows 10 update. As we highlighted
above, users with both Nvidia and AMD products have been
It’s also worth pointing out that the impact is noticeable in
particular titles and it does not appear to be a global issue
with every game. The titles supposedly impacted include Call of
Duty lineup, Destiny, League of Legends and other popular
If you are affected by this problem, open the Settings and
click on ‘Gaming’. Look for Game Mode option and disable it and
wait for a new patch to be released.
No non-gaming performance impacts have been reported, so if you
aren’t a gamer, you may not have anything to worry about.